January 13, 2014

Home Management Binder - Little Tweaks


A few months ago I shared my new simple home management binder


I created the binder using the Martha Stewart Home Office collection from Staples. Everyone has a different idea of how to organize their life and I love that her collection allows you to create a binder that works for you…

The notebook on top is my blog organizer...



Of course, this month I started by updating my home management binder with a new 2014 calendar. There is so much to love about this simple and organized binder, but I love the calendar. I am loving all the space there is to write in a daily schedule and other little reminders…

But I had a few annoying little tweaks that needed to be done this new year.

One small tweak I made was making better use of the bottom two sections of the calendar, shaded in teal. Now I have a spot to write in our babysitter's schedule. She only works 1-2 times a week, max. But I have to keep track of her schedule for payment. I also added a section for the blog. Just a little note that reminds me what I am posting that day / week…

I've also been using strips of washi tape to make note of special or important dates...

Last weekend I went to Little Rock, my home away from home, to spend a weekend with my girls. That trip definitely deserved a strip of washi….



The biggest annoyance for me? This is how my "to do list" section looked….



** Personal info has been blurred out.

I had a main page that was my to-do's that were to be done now. Then I had pages and pages following that were things I wrote when they came to mind. It bothered me to turn to that section and have everything jumbled together. I had to flip page after page to find something I needed.

To fix that little issue, I bought these post-it tabs…

The little case is small enough to fit in the front zippered pocket of the binder...

I just used my label maker to create subcategories...


The sub-categories added to my to do section; today, call, list…

And the sub-categories for my home project section...

The tabs are really sturdy and re-useable...

I added a few tabs in my blog organizer too...



Specifically in my business section…

This is the year my business gets off the ground, so a lot of time has been spent talking to my business coach, Charlie...

And what business doesn't have these...

The tabs fit right in…

I have already found many other uses for these tabs. You can turn any simple pad of paper into a little organized notebook by adding these tabs. Organization doesn't have to be complicated or fancy. Keep it simple and assemble a system that works for you.

Have a great day!

14 comments:

  1. I love how you have used washi tape to mark important dates in your calendar and then use post it tabs as additonal tabs in your Arc :-)

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  2. I can't find 2014 Martha Stewart Home Office binders or calendars at Staples :( do you know another source??

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    1. I found them at Staples last week! Let me know if you need one - I always need a reason to go back and drool :-). I'm happy to buy and mail to you!

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  3. I love those tabs, and use them all the time for uni! I love how sturdy they are
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  4. I use a simple hard backed binder for my lists, and this will be a perfect way to improve my system. Thanks for the idea!

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    1. You're welcome! So glad it will help!

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  5. I just cannot function without my management binder. Its a life saver.

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  6. I feel more organized just reading this---now, if only I can put it into practice! :)

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  7. I also love the Martha Stewart/Avery line of desk products, and your tips are very useful. (and soooo neat looking!) However my problem is deciding whether to use the small 5x8 size arc or the larger 8x11. I tend to love the Arc system over the old 3-ring binders, except it won't hold as much as the 3 ringers do. (yes, i know - i bought the larger arc discs and it was a fiasco - they are too big and the pages won't turn gracefully so they now sit in my desk unused). I have both the small arc AND the large one and am conflicted about which one to use for what!

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    1. I sometimes struggle with the planners too because I love them all. I love the arc system but I just want too much stuff in my planner and those can never hold it all securely. haha! I agree on being conflicted. But I think that once you find something that does work, just go with it. I have found the binder works for me for the main home management stuff and then I use a small arc for the blog organizer. :-)

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